Spain: Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands are known primarily for their sunny holiday retreats, as thousands of people come here every year to relax on the beach, get a tan and spend some time with friends and family. But there is much more to this island than its beaches and there is a whole world of interesting cultural things to see and do here. The most prominent attraction is the Carnival of Tenerife, one of the most amazing festivals in the world, and something well worth planning cheap holidays to Tenerife 2012 around.

Carnival is not unique to Tenerife and it happens in different countries all around the world: the festivities normally consist of parades, dancing and general celebrations all of which take place around Easter. In some places this is a small affair, yet in Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it takes over the entire city as thousands upon thousands of revellers travel to the city to dance, party and see the spectacle. The highlight of the show is the trained Samba schools who, after months of practice, parade through the streets to great acclaim. The Carnival stretches on for over a week, but you probably don’t need to be there for its entirety. That said, this is the second largest example of this festival in the world (next to Rio of course) so it might be worth spending some time to take it all in.

The Carnival is the highlight of Tenerife’s calendar, yet there are some other great cultural things to take in. There is a music festival in June which is rated as one of the finest classical music events in Europe, while the opera is open October through December. To get an idea of the local area it is also well worth seeing the Sabandeño Festival in September which focuses on folklore.

If you are heading to Tenerife for a week of relaxation be sure to check out the local event listings. There is a slew of great things to do here, many of which can be seen in a day or so – so if you want to spend the majority of your time on the beach it doesn’t mean you can pop away to check out the Carnival or another fascinating festival.


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This carnival is heaps of fun. The fancy dress was some of the best I have ever seen.

Mikke Sahamies

Hola! I am from Finland and think that overall Spain has the best and most original festivals and parties in Europe and maybe the whole world… the Spanish people really know how to enjoy life through celebration… i like Spain and the people so much I am thinking of moving there to live forever… Mikke

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